Am as big draft nut as anyone but also like breaking down the roster once the season is done. There some very interesting guys on the roster, understanding impact and how much talent they are helps in draft talks. This will be guys on IR or PS, not on active roster in 2013.
So there were some Rookies and other players who are very intreguing coming into 2014. Here's the list. ( height weight based on Patriots.com)
Armond Amstead (1) 6'3" 305lbs DT (2013 IR) I'm starting with the best known guy, 2009 and 2010 played full seasons at USC both at DE and DT. 2011 he suffered the chest pains which sidelined him, he was cleared but 2012 but SC didn't take him back he went to play in Canada. 2013 he suffered an "infection?" so a year removed from it, he should be back healthy.
What is he? He's an interior pass rusher, quickness multiple moves to get penetration and the QB. Had he not had the injury at SC could had been a late 2nd to 4th round pick.
Corey Grissom (R) 6'2" 316lbs DT (2013 IR)Staying with DT, now this is a kid I think could had helped last season had he not landed on IR. He's a space eater who plugs up the middle against the run. Some quickness but not catching anyone from behind. Has had injury history, major part he went undrafted. He's a mid round talent.
Marcus Forston (1) 6'3" 305lbs DT (2013 PS) Now to me this is a head scratcher, those who followed Forston coming out knew there were question marks all over him but he was a talented DT. I thought first year would be a red shirt, most thought he came out a year too early. So in 2013 I thought he would make a jump and be solid, that never happened so this one is hard for me. Not sure why once one of the most recruited high school DTs that played at a high level in college is not getting it. If he gets it, he could be at minimum a solid starter. This is a guy with above average movement skills for his size, bench pressed 35 times at 225lbs but leverage is not sound so that strength doesn't is not translating to the field.
Mark Harrison (R) 6'3" 230lbs WR (yes lol WR) (2013 Non-Football Injury) If there's a player I can get excited about just in pure God given ability this is it. Since 2005 4 players have ran a sub 4.50 had a 37" vert and a 10'.5" broad jump, Calvin Johnson, Jonathan Balwin, Matt Jones and Mark Harrison. Per NFL.com combine results, here are the underwear olympics results for Harrison: 4.46 40, 17 reps 225lbs, 38.5 vert, 10.75 broad, 6.99 3 cone.
Why did he go undrafted, he broke his foot while warming up on his proday. He couldn't workout for teams, he was only considered a mid round selection before the foot injury. He has all the tools but has been inconsistant. At times looks like tarzan plays like Jane. Although he went undrafted he had a good number of teams calling. Signed with the Bears failed physical then joined NE.
T.J. Moe (R) 6'0" 200lbs WR (2013 IR) This is a pure slot receiver with some ability to play outside but his better traits are his suddenness and hands. Runs good routes makes his money, well let me do the comparison. His a very poor man's WW, his 40 time resembles WW, tough kid who makes his money running the routes the Pats make their money on. He had a torn achilies so what's his status for 2014 unknown. Based on him as a player I wouldn't bet against him, will he be the next unknown WR to have a 100 catch season? Was a high school QB who transitioned to WR in college. My front runner to compete for Edelman's spot if he leaves and Moe is fully recovered from the injury. Willing to block or do what's asked of him. Strength (26 reps 225) does translate to the field, at mizzu has been kept in as a blocker.
Sam McGuffie (R) 5'10" 200lbs WR/RB (2013 PS) Out of these guys he is the one that has had the bigger of injury history only because it has been concussions. Quick, fast, sudden and good hands. He has the tools but those multiple concussions are a major concern IMO.
Braxton Cave (R) 6'3" 305lbs OC (2013 PS) IMO too similar to wendell, tough undersized kid that is smart and hard working but limited because of their athletisism. Could be a serviceble backup but would like to see Pats get a stud OC.
There are others that were on IR or PS but these players are ones I consider to keep Patriots from drafting a player because of what's already on the roster. Wish I had the medical report on each but with a year to recover for most, are they 100% now? Big question.